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Vista ties Cosumnes Oaks on soccer pitch, 1-1

By: by Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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A section championship rematch ended in a 1-1 deadlock between Cosumnes Oaks and Vista del Lago on Tuesday night in Folsom.

The Eagles’ girls’ soccer team hosted the first of at least two meetings this season against the Wolfpack. Last year’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title game earned Vista its first girls’ soccer section championship in a 4-2 overtime win against Cosumnes Oaks. Vista went 2-0-1 against Cosumnes last season.

Vista led for a majority of the match thanks to a sixth-minute goal from Janae Gonzalez. The star sophomore did as she was allowed to in the first half, and drilled a 30-yard strike after dribbling through the midfield and defense.

Failure to clear a free ball inside the six-yard box in the 52nd equalized the score and dashed the defending champions’ rematch hopes.

“In the second half they man-marked me, but in the first I had a lot of space and we always had another attacker,” said Gonzalez, who had three of her team’s five on-shot targets in the first half. “It’s disappointing not to beat them, but we’ll see them again.”

Vista was held to two shots in the second. Cosumnes managed three shots in the half, including the dagger.

“We focused more on defense in the second half,” said Gonzalez. “But I don’t know why, because when were attacking in the first half we had numbers. We just got away from that.”

The goal came against second-half goalkeeper Sarah Hollinghaus, who was otherwise aggressive. She had a game-saving play in the 58th. First-half goalkeeper Shandy Nanomantube and Hollinghaus each had a save.

“We didn’t win the ball as much and were a bit sloppy because of the increased pressure, but I thought everyone played well,” said Hollinghaus.

She said her front post was blocked on the odd goal scored. Multiple defenders deflected an erratic ball. It was only the third goal scored against Vista goaltenders this season.

In past seasons, Vista has owned the Wolfpack, who joined the Sierra Valley Conference in the 2010-2011 season.

Through five games in three seasons, including the most recent tie, Vista owns a 4-0-2 record. The likelihood of these two teams meeting in the postseason is considerable, since they'll both probably be there.

They’ll meet at least once more, April 23, at Cosumnes Oaks.

Through two SVC games, the Eagles are tied with Cosumnes Oaks for third place behind River City (2-0).

Vista plays at River City on Thursday.